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    Intel Core i7-965 XE & Core i7-920 Review
    By Vince Freeman :  November 3, 2008

    PCMark Vantage Performance

    PCMark Vantage differs greatly from previous PCMark suites in that it does not isolate system components in the same way, and while supplying a PCMark System ranking, it will not specifically identify CPU performance. PCMark Vantage is still an important test, and using the Whitepaper as a guide, we have chosen the PCMark, Memories, Gaming, and Productivity suites. For all tests, we have used PCMark Vantage 1.0 with the hotfix applied.

    Our first test is the overall PCMark Vantage PCMark score, which combines several tests from the other suites, and incorporates them into a system-level performance ranking. The Core i7-965XE naturally posts the top performance score, and is the only processor to get within striking distance of the 5K mark. The two lower-clocked Core i7 processors fall back, but still post very impressive scores, and place third and fourth.

    The Memories, or digital imaging, section of PCMark Vantage is the most memory-centric part of the entire suite, and once again, the new Core i7 does extremely well here. The Core i7-965 XE and -940 processors are the cream of the crop, and the 3.2 GHz Core Extreme QX9770 only catches up to the 2.66 GHz Core i7-920.

    The Gaming suite gives the clear advantage to the Core i7 processors, and no matter the clock speed, there is a very noticeable gap between these and the Core 2-based models.

    The Productivity suite is the only one that the Core i7 falls down a bit in, and as this uses basic office procedures and applications, it is hardly surprising since these new processors are slightly overkill for these tasks.



    Page 1 The Core i7 Architecture
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
  • Page 4 PCMark Vantage Performance
    Page 5 SiSoft SANDRA 2009 Performance
    Page 6 Everest Ultimate Edition Memory Performance
    Page 7 CINEBENCH 9.5/10 and WinRAR Performance
    Page 8 MPEG-2, DivX, WMV, and High-Def Video Encoding Performance
    Page 9 3DMark06 Pro, 3DMark Vantage and Crysis Performance
    Page 10 Company of Heroes, UT3, World in Conflict, & ET: Quake Wars Performance
    Page 11 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking and System Power Consumption
    Page 12 Value and Conclusion


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